First a princess, now a pin-up… is there no end to setting myself impossibly high female standards to live up to? Or another way of looking at it is: is there no end to my playing dress up? To which the answer will always be ‘no’!
Whenever I’m asked to describe my style – which, let’s be honest has happened about twice in my life as not that many people care enough to ask! – I struggle to come up with an adequate response. The way I want to describe it is ‘all over the place’ – because really, that’s what it feels like! I just like to dip my toes into everything and I can’t really see how there’s a particularly coherent theme between any of it. I mean, at the start of the year I was a flapper, then I was a bit mod, and now I’ve gone full 50s pin-up… and it’s still only January. (Oh and in case anyone wonders what I usually say, by the way, it’s usually something vague like ‘vintage inspired’ – and I’m all ears if anyone’s got anything better…)
Anyway, I might flit around the eras and pinch bits here and there with reckless abandon (er, it’s not really reckless, I just like that phrase), but my heart will always belong most firmly to the classic 50s looks. Which is why I end up liking a lot of modern vintage pin-up styles, even if I don’t often dress head-to-toe in them myself. And actually, I’m probably still not here either, but it’s as close as it gets…
And which brand could be better for the modern pin-up than one of the originals…? That’s right, I’m about to tell you how much I love Collectif again for the 93rd time. The thing is, I love them even more now as they’ve started to release shorter-length swing skirts like the beautiful style I’m prancing around in here. This skirt is the length I would have all of my full skirts in, if I had a choice and is much more flattering on me than Collectif’s average length. And they just get better and better at offering unique retro separates like this jumper. Together, they make such a lovely, feminine winter look, dont’cha think? Full disclosure, as so many of you seem to worry: my coat was about a metre away. Repeat: I had a coat; no bloggers were harmed in the making of this post (just a bit cold temporarily).
Hair flower: Accessorize (old)
Jumper: ‘Celina’ c/o Collectif
Skirt: ‘Jasmine’ c/o Collectif
Tights: Pamela Mann
Bag: Ollie & Nic (no longer available)
Shoes: Marks & Spencer (very similar)